Nursing Homes Swing!

Bringing live music to local nursing homes

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We had a great time watching everyone having a great time. This is why I love NHS and the feeling of joy watching the residents enjoying themselves.                                                                                 Message date 01/27/17 from Dick Orange, vocalist

Our residents LOVED the Benny Dodd Trio. We had 48 residents attending at one count. They asked over and over when they were coming back. Some danced, some sang, some did both. Staff came in and danced with residents. It was AMAZING. Best time we have had in a long time.  We would love to have them come again.
                                                                          Message dated 12/07/2016 from Margaret Thacker, Activities Director, Golden Living Center

I couldn’t agree more.  Having NHS come to entertain our residents is a highlight of every month!  Thank you Jackie and Mary Beth!
                                                    Penny Goldman, Activities Manager, Mountainside Senior Living, 11/11/2016

­­Thanks Jackie and all for another year of FANTASTIC music. Our residents so enjoy having you and yours here!!
                                                                                              Marian E. Morris BS,  ADC, Activities Director, Martha Jefferson House, 11/11/2016
 

Jackie and Mary Beth,
Thank you all so much for your tireless work in bringing OLOP residents top notch musicians and clergy. You make a difference in so many life’s in the Charlottesville community. THANKS!
                                                       Sherry Beverage, Director of Activities, Our Lady of Peace, 11/10/2016

 Thank you so much for scheduling Pete & Ellen to come out to the betty queen center today! the seniors absolutely loved them!
                                                                                                 
 Crystal Donovan, HDM Program Coordinator/Louisa Senior Center Manager

 We LOVED having the Murphy Sisters here to sing for us on Monday. They are so incredibly talented and played everything from classic hymns to their own songs! Thanks Nursing Homes Swing for another awesome live music performance!
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mary Williams Center Facebook 10/21/2016

What You and Brother Bob Hostage created continues to provide abundant joy, peace, health, laughter and life to so many!! Thanking You Always, Brother Joe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Joe Tucker, musician email 10/0/2016

 The group yesterday was AMAZING and everyone loved them.  The Jazz was so wonderful. Thanks again for all you do.                                                                                                                                                                Margaret Thacker, Golden Living Center email, 10/9/2016

 Please have the Murphy Sisters come to Mary Williams again!    They sang all kinds of things, from traditional hymns to their own songs, and there was lots of singing and clapping along.  We even posted on our FACEBOOK page about them.  Thanks as always to Nursing Homes Swing."                                                                                               Kelly, Boyer, Mary Williams Community Center

 This past week (on Tuesday), we had NHS over to our facility. The residents absolutely loved the musical performers who played for us on the 10th. I was wondering if there is any way I could have their contact information to see if they would like to come back next month and play for the residents again. Thank you for your time and getting these amazing performers to come to Rosewood on a monthly basis. 
                                                                                                        Brandon Christ, Activities Director, Charlottesville Health & Rehabilitation

Thanks for the info and definitely good luck with the fund raising. It doesn’t take long to realize the value this live music has for everyone and particularly those folks who have so much taken away by life’s vagaries. Thank you again for all that you do it really is one of the best medicines. 
                                                                                                                                        Ben Forrest, Activities Director, JABA Adult Day Care Center,       

Thank you so much for sending the Bennie Dodd Trio to us today. The members of the Mary Williams center absolutely LOVED the performance and would really enjoy repeat visits from this group anytime you can make that happen! :) 
                                                 Kelly Carpenter, Activities Director, Mary Williams Community Center

It was nice to see listeners smiling, tapping feet and singing along with songs that connect them to earlier times in their lives. Beautiful power in music.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     John Jensen, trombonist


Ya'll are such a wonderful organization. Everybody wins.The patients and the great work u do and extra work for the musicians and the great fabulous gratitude from seeing the look on their faces singing their favorite songs.
                                                                                                                                                                        
Bennie Dodd, guitarist and fiddler, Aug 25, 2015

  I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you and Mary Beth for the wonderful talent you send us every month with Nursing Home Swing.

 Music is like a lifeline to many of our residents living with dementia, and they thoroughly connect with, and enjoy all of the entertainers you have sent our way.  Many folks who don’t speak much, will light up and sing along with the music.  It’s a wonderful and amazing phenomenon.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that a lot of our other residents who don’t live with dementia make it a point to attend Nursing Home Swing’s performances, because they know they will truly enjoy the experience.

 We try to get as much music as we possibly can on our activities calendar each month, and have come to rely on Nursing Home Swing to provide some of the best we offer our residents.  The musicians are so talented, professional, and kind, and that is just the right formula for a terrific musical experience for our folks. 

 Thank you from all of us at Mountainside Senior Living – we so appreciate everything you do for our beloved residents!
                                                                                                                                       Penny Goldman, Activities Manager, Mountainside Senior Living

Jackie you are doing such a great job, bringing  cheer to patients. It's great to think it all started at Cedars, now Golden Living Center, when Nancy was there and your husband Bob brought communion to her.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anne Harris, Charlottesville

 Very valuable concert series in the Charlottesville area providing entertainment for the residents of several assisted living facilities. I am happy to be a part of this with several folks, including Katherine Brown Shaver and Nadine Chase, and thanks to founder Jackie Hostage and vocalist and coordinator Mary Beth Revak for their hard work and dedication to a worthwhile cause. Mary Beth and bassist Bob Bowen and I are doing a live radio performance and interview to promote the series on April 16 at 9 PM on WTJU Public Radio. Thanks to them as well for their willingness to get the word out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vince Lewis, guitarist

  It is truly an honor, Vince, to share music with you and Bob....and.to be a part of Nursing Home Swing. Jackie and Mary Beth work so diligently to make it a thriving success. It is truly a gift to be able to play for the residents.....made especially so when in the company of such talented, giving musicians and friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Katherine Brown Shaver, vocalist

  I am writing regarding Mrs. Jackie Hostage and the wonderful Nursing Home Swing Program she brings to our community.  RoseWood Village at Hollymead houses approximately 90 residents.  We offer musical performance several times a month but our residents always look forward to the wide range of musicians who perform when Nursing Home Swing is scheduled.  The joy it brings to the residents is heartwarming and to hear them talk to the artists after their performance leaves no doubt that the performances enrich their lives and take them down memory lane. 

Nursing Home Swing is a wonderful organization, with loving, caring and generous people who are dedicated to sharing their love for music with the elderly.  I have booked several of their musicians to come in on their own and am always excited to see who they will feature next!  I hope they continue to visit Assisted Living and Nursing Home communities for several years to come.                                                                                                                                                       Chrystal K. Plaugher,  Activities Coordinator

 Thank you so much for all you do to bring the Charlottesville community top notch entertainment. The residents are enjoying the programs.  They especially wanted me to let you know they loved the Paulien Trio. Again thanks for all you do.
                                                                                                                                         
Sherry Beverage, Director of Activities, Our Lady of Peace

 

Hello, and Happy New Year! I just wanted to contact Nursing Home Swing back and see if we at The Lodge could get you to bring your special music out to us. A few years ago when I worked at Our Lady of Peace I loved it when you performed for our residents! (and me) I'm a musician also, but not in your league! I can appreciate your talent though. Think about us, thanks for all you do!
                                                                                                                                                                    Pam Jessee, Activities Director, The Lodge at Old Trail

 Thank you Jackie!

I wanted to let you know, that your advance scheduling is SO helpful to us!  We try to work about a month ahead, and knowing in advance when NHS is coming is so helpful, you have no idea.

Thanks for all you do, and for always sending us such wonderful musicians.  NHS visits are one of the monthly highlights for our residents – they love it!
                                                                                                                                          Penny Goldman, Activities Manager, Mountainside Senior Living

 ZuZu's hot five were FANTASTIC and well received. Thanks so much for including us in on this wonderful program.
                                                                                                                           Marian E. Morris,  BS, ADC, Activities Director, Martha Jefferson House

 

Good Morning Ladies!

 I just wanted to say thank you for sending Bennie Dodd and his band to us last weekend.  Our residents are STILL raving about them!  One man, who I can never get to attend any other activities said, “You get him back here, and I’ll go to all the music activities!” 

 Just wanted to pass that along – I believe we’re going to contact Bennie to play for us for an event at the end of May, but I wanted to let you know that you hit another “home run” with the entertainment you’re sending to Mountainside!  We had 34 people attend that day, which is fantastic!

 Thank you for all  you do, and just as soon as you’re able, please send Bennie back to us—the sooner the better!   
                                                                                                                                        Penny Goldman, Activities Manager, Mountainside Senior Living

 With the passing of Bob Hostage this morning it is truly a sad day in Charlottesville for the local jazz community, senior communities, and all who have had the pleasure to know and work with him and his wonderful wife Jackie over the years.

Thanks to their tireless work in creating the Nursing Homes Swing program, hundreds of seniors and people living with disabilities have had the benefit of monthly healing services from his Episcopalian church, and the chance to listen to the most incredible live music from Charlottesville's best. And these musicians have been able to be justly compensated for their talent and helped to make a living out of their music. 

We can only guess at the selflessness and time commitment the Hostages have dedicated in their search for grants and funding, and the chores of booking and scheduling over the last 7 years.

We all share in Jackie's loss and pray for her in the days to come. It truly was an honor to know Bob and a nicer couple has never existed. Anyone who met them could not but admire their generosity, good taste, decency, patience, devotion, goodness, and courage.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Lori Sallade, Charlottesville Jazz on Facebook

Bringing live music to local nursing homes